With A Difference
IT IS possible to fish from the garden of 1 Fort Cottage at high tide, which is useful if you run out of ideas for dinner. The white-painted semi-detached 17th-century cottage in Gorran Haven, Cornwall, has a 53ft water frontage and overlooks the beach and harbour. Houses in this position rarely come up for sale, so the agents expect a rush of viewers. The sitting- room of this grade II listed three-bedroom property near St Austell has views over the sea from the bay window, and a listed chimney. There is a cellar area under the house and access across a path which leads to the steps down to the beach. pounds 135,000 through GA (01726 63371).

WITH HARDLY a square foot of London left undeveloped, builders have had to be enterprising with what land they could get. Hence Lissenden Mansions in NW5, a triangular, period three-storey house squeezed into a corner of Lissenden Gardens. The reception room - 13ft 8in by 12ft 11in at its widest points - and the kitchen are on the ground floor. There are two bedrooms on the first floor, one with a cast-iron fireplace, and a bedroom and bathroom on the second floor. Even the 14ft rear patio is triangular. pounds 225,000 through Winkworth (0171 485 9210).

TO VIEW Nile Cottage, you'll either need a boat or to be a good swimmer. It is on Pharoah's Island, in the Thames at Shepperton. The garden of the two-storey house runs down to the water and has mooring of around 40ft. Mooring is also available on the mainland for a small launch, used for ferrying back and forth to the island. The cottage has three bedrooms, all en suite, a 19ft 1in by 13ft 2in sitting-room, and a conservatory. pounds 249,950 through Curchods (01932 230033).

Rosalind Russell